Plan with a Witch: Witchy Bullet Journal Moon Tracker

I admit it. I’m not much of a spontaneous witch. I found that the spontaneous spells I performed in the past either didn’t work or yielded erratic results. I find success in planning, preparing and clearly focusing on my intentions before doing any type of spell work.

As a Cancerian, I have strong magickal ties to the Moon. In fact, She is a major component in my witchy planning process. I follow her phases, which astrological signs she’s in and the times of the month that she is Void-of-Course.

Moon Tracker flatlay

I created a Moon Tracker layout in my Witchy Bullet Journal for quick & easy referencing. At the end of every month, I make a new Moon Tracker on a two-page spread for the month ahead.

Month At A Glance

On the left page, I title the header Month At-A-Glance. This page will have a vertical calendar of the days of the month where I can write down major events like Esbats & Sabbats. I start by writing the dates in a column on the far left hand side of the page. Next to each date I write the first letter of the day of the week to more easily distinguish each particular day.

Moon Tracker Left Page

If you like the more traditional calendar look, you can also use a Monthly Planner and use different washi tape to mark these major dates. I use a sparkly gold tape for Sabbats, a matte silver tape for New Moons & a sparkly silver washi tape for Esbats.

Monthly Moon Chart

On the right page, I title the header Moon Chart. This is where I will track the Moon’s astrological signs and Void-of-Course periods. I begin by writing the dates in a vertical column on the far left hand side of the page. I then write the hours of the day in a row, underneath the header and right above the vertical column of dates.

Moon Tracker Right Page

Void-of-Course Periods

To find the Void-of-Course periods, I refer to my Llewellyn’s Witches Datebook 2017 and convert the times from Eastern to my time zone. On the Month-At-A-Glance page, I make a vertical line down the right-hand side leaving enough room to jot down the specific time of each Void-of-Course period for every day. I write the quarters of the moon in this area as well.

Moon Tracker Void of Course

Once I’ve written down the specific times for the Void-of-Course periods, I mark out these time blocks in a red pen on my Moon Chart. If the VoC period begins in the middle of the hour, I mark a slash through the block. If it takes up the whole hour, I mark an X through the entire block.

Before performing any magick, I refer to this page. Personally, I don’t like performing spells on a Void-of-Course period. It’s like when you’re tuning the radio and keep picking up static. I choose to simply wait until the signal is clear and the Moon is in a new astrological sign. I also don’t like to sign contracts, make large purchases or schedule any major meeting during a VoC period if at all possible. I want my radio station nice and clear for those types of events as well.

Moon Tracker Chart

Once I’m done marking out these periods, I write the astrological sign the Moon has entered after being VoC. This is a great way to plan and utilize Her varying energies throughout the month to better enhance your magick, depending on your spell’s specific purpose.

I also use this tracker to plan out my mundane activities as well. I like to start a new lifestyle change during the New Moon and use the VoC time periods to either relax, meditate or do a little studying.

How do you track the Moon? Let me know!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

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My Witchy YouTube Channel!

I finally did it! My Witchy YouTube Channel is finally up and I couldn’t be more excited to join such an amazing community of witches.

My first video is already up and it would mean the world to me if you checked it out. If you liked the video go ahead and give it a thumbs up and subscribe for more witchy goodness.

It’s a super tiny channel right now, so it needs all the help it can get. 😉

If you ever thought about starting your own channel, please do! There’s an awesome movement on YouTube called #BeTheWitchyChange which focuses on welcoming new witches & new witchy YouTubers to the community with open arms and full support.

If you decide to start a channel or already have one up, leave me a reply and let me know so I can subscribe to you as well.

And so, here it is. My first video on YouTube!

I hope you enjoy & Blessed Be!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

Preparing for Mercury Retrograde

We’ve got another Mercury Retrograde on its way which means it’s time to keep an eye out on all communication, transportation, technology and travel plans. Some people take the go with the flow approach to Mercury Retro but I like to take extra precautions for myself and my loved ones.

First off, check up on your Mundane Maintenance.

Back up all important files on your computer.

Get a tune-up on your car.

Keep an eye out on your finances and try to stick to a budget.

Think before you speak.

Be very clear with your communication & correspondence at work.

Plan ahead but leave room for the unexpected.

This Mercury Retrograde I’m asking Jupiter for his assistance. I carved a candle with his symbol and dressed it with various oils and herbs, which I enchanted with my intentions of protection, happiness, good health, prosperity and love.

I chose some highly flammable oils so I decided to burn it in my cauldron and set it outside so the wind could take the smoke and jumpstart my magick immediately. Afterwards, I buried the remaining wax in the Earth right outside my property to keep its protective energies nearby and connected to me.

Mercury Retrograde Oils and Herbs

If you plan on working magick to protect yourself and your loved ones during this time, I urge you to choose herbs and oils that truly resonate with you. I chose a lot of protective, happy and lucky properties that happen to give off a fragrance I adore. Just inhaling the mixture puts me in a state of euphoria. If all you can find are the simple cooking herbs in your kitchen, toss ‘em in and charge your candle blend with whatever intentions you like. The key is Intention.

This month I intend on starting a new venture, which I usually avoid doing during Mercury Retrograde.

But I’m done holding off on my dreams.

And so, I decided to craft a Witches Bottle filled with items enchanted to remove obstacles, aid inspiration and boost my creativity.

Mercury Retrograde Bulb closeup

After cleansing the bottle with white sage, I began filling it with my items. I chose the same herbs I used for my Mercury Retrograde candle and added a few others such as marjoram which is attributed to Jupiter and defends against bad luck. I also added various seeds such as chia, dill, coriander and basil to represent my venture at its infancy and its potential for growth.

This time of year is a great time to start new projects so I wanted to reflect Spring’s energy of new beginnings with beautiful bright flowers. My new beginning involved shedding my old skin and all the insecurities which held me back from really going after my dreams; so I added some snake skin to represent my transformation.

I also added garnet chips for its manifestation properties and blessings of success, creativity, inspiration and the self-confidence I need to accomplish my goals. Lastly, I blew into the bottle to add a piece of me before tightening the lid and setting it on my desk altar.

Witches Bottle

Every time I work on this new exciting venture, I will sit down at my desk and shake the bottle to reactivate its energies and remind myself that I’m in control my own destiny.

How are you preparing for Mercury Retrograde? Let me know!

Blessed Be, lovelies!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

Blessed Ostara: Hello Spring!

Last December, on the third night of Yule- I looked ahead to the third month of 2017- March. In honor of Ostara, I asked myself a few questions about growth.

Now that Ostara has arrived, I’ve finally found the answers I was looking for and they all conclude that this is the time of my new beginning.

Things in my life are changing, evolving- growing into something truly special. In order to manifest my best life, I had to let go of the fear that I wasn’t good enough to deserve it.

And so I planted a little seed in my mind that everything I’ve ever wanted is within my grasp. That seed grew some roots which made its way down to my heart.

In February, I worked on loving myself more and battled my Shadow who had put the self-doubt within me. It wasn’t an easy feat but I’ve become stronger than my Shadow, like my own little cheerleader.

And once my seed grounded itself within my heart, its life-force began to take over. Its essence healed my broken spirit and made it stronger. Finally, I believe in myself and I know I deserve everything I desire.

My dreams were simply waiting for me to wake up.

In celebration of this renewed sense of life, I’m celebrating Ostara with these fun Spring activities.

Decorating my Spring Altar

The bird’s nest is a symbol of the home and the egg symbolizes growth & new beginnings. For a self-proclaimed hermit, the home is very important to me. I treat it as my creative sanctuary, representing freedom, safety and comfort. My living arrangements will be changing very soon and so the symbolism of the bird’s nest means a lot to my current transition. This little beauty will be sitting prominently on my colorful altar throughout Spring.

Ostara Nest

Faery Gardens

I love honoring the Fae, especially this time of year. Their playful curious energy is felt as the flowers begin to bloom and the animals enjoy the returning warmth. Recently I created a little Faery Garden with my nieces and nephew. There’s nothing more infectious than the enthusiasm of a child. We enjoyed foraging the yard for dead leaves, grass & bits of weeds to decorate with. I taught them how to honor Mother Nature by asking for permission before taking what they wanted to use. And together we sat outside in the fresh air, crafting a magickal little sanctuary for our faery friends.

fairy garden 2

Birdseed Ornaments

This past Imbolc, I made a ton of Birdseed Ornaments which have been enjoyed by the neighborhood birds and squirrels. On Ostara, I also like to pay reverence to our furry and feathered friends who are chirping the songs of Spring & reminding us of the fertility of the Earth, humans and animals alike.

Ostara Ornament & Nest

How are you enjoying Ostara? What seeds are you planting on this beautiful day?

Leave me a reply & let me know.

Blessed Be, lovelies.

May your Spring be filled with love & magick.

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

Redesigning My Book of Shadows

As I’ve mentioned before, my old Book of Shadows was destroyed in my last move.

And just as well.

I wrote that Book of Shadows when I was in my early-twenties and identified myself as Wiccan. Now that I’m in my thirties, I know my belief systems have changed. Being an eclectic witch has given me the freedom to practice my Craft in a way that is more personalized and less structured.

That’s not to say I don’t like structure within my own practice- my moon sign is Virgo, I adore structure. Just as long as it’s my own structure, not one that is strictly by the book- so to speak.

  My destroyed Book of Shadows may have been sign from the Universe letting me know that chapter in my spirituality is over.

Since this Book of Shadows will be the one that truly defines me and my Craft, I want to take my time with it. I want to be able to pass it along to my children & grandchildren, leaving behind not only my legacy but that of my grandmother & my great grandmother and our heritage of curanderismo.

Before I actually put the pen to the paper I will begin with a Book of Shadows Manuscript, of sorts which will basically be a simple black binder where I will organize the layout and design the overall look of the new book. Once I’m happy with the information, the order and the look- I’ll begin putting it all together in my actual Book of Shadows.

Easier said than done.

Almost every witch gets overwhelmed when creating their Book of Shadows. There’s so much information out there, where do I even begin?

Redesigning my BOS coffee

In my Pagan Planning post, I wrote about Brain Dumps. It’s a great way to focus and organize thoughts, tasks, goals, etc. I find it incredibly helpful in figuring out exactly what to put in my Book of Shadows.

I decided to start with everything that’s truly important to me- the things that have struck me at my spiritual core. From there I simply listed everything I do in my practice, everything I believe in, every magickal puzzle piece I’ve put together and found enlightenment with.

I also wrote my own Book Blessing. Most of the ones I found online had a message of secrecy & privacy, which I respect considering To Keep Silent is part of the Witches Pyramid. Keeping our practices shrouded in secrecy was vital to the survival of the women and men before us. Sadly in some place across the world, secrecy is still necessary to avoid banishment, torture & death.

Personally, I do believe the spells I cast should be kept private to avoid any interference. However, I also believe my Craft should be shared with anyone who’s interested.

The internet has connected more witches together than ever before. Those who were too afraid to browse the New Age section of their local bookstore, can now learn a bevy of information online & find amazing teachers in bloggers & pagan YouTubers who are actively guiding a new generation of witches down their path.

We are in the Age of Information Sharing.

And so, when I have fully redesigned my new Book of Shadows I intend on sharing it with a full flip through, perhaps on my own witchy YouTube channel.

Blessed Be.

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

 

Spring Awakenings: Season of New Beginnings

Spring is coming! Can you feel it?

In Texas, Spring is pretty much a more endurable Summer. However, I have noticed most of the pivotal changes in my life happen in the Spring.

Leases are signed, major decisions are made, new habits are formed, etc. There’s a feeling of transitional newness in the air. It’s exciting yet kinda scary, coming from someone who has a hard time with change.

Last year the change was desperately needed. My body was practically screaming at me for change- to uproot my entire life and dive into the deep end of the unknown. Tired and terrified, I did. And all I can say is, the Spring has my back.

Now that I’m in a much better place, I feel another transition coming. My hibernation period is coming to an end. Being a Cancerian, my inner-crab would love to just hide out in my shell for the rest of my life. No one can hurt me inside these walls.

But I can feel the Spring nudging me once again.

 Lately, I’ve been having reoccurring dreams of lions. The first was unusually threatening with a seemingly harmless stuffed lion whose eyes suddenly began to glow a bright red as he hostilely snarls at me. However, last night the lion was large, pink and glorious, flowing in the wind as if it was made of feathers. I felt at peace as I gazed upon this Lion- there was no more fear.

When I looked at my Moon Chart in my Pagan Bullet Journal, I saw that the moon was transitioning into Leo. Furthermore, Lion symbolism reveals a sense of authority, courage & strength, while feathers indicate new beginnings and an evolution of the soul.

 I think the Spring is telling me to have courage, regain authority of my life, get back out there and take risks so I can move on to my next phase.

Spring Tea

Last Spring my crops were in the process of rotation. The soil within me is no longer barren. Tiny buds are beginning to sprout. The beautiful colors are coming back and I’ve got a Lion inside who walks beside me every step of the way.

What does the Spring mean to you? Let me know!

Blessed Be.

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch

The Happy Witch Project: Shining a Light on your Shadow Self

When I started my 28 Days of Self Love challenge, I expected February to be a fun month of self-care practices to help me progress on my path of healing. What I didn’t expect was the emotional rollercoaster I went through.

Focusing on what makes you happy also forces you to acknowledge what makes you unhappy.

I had to face my shadows in ways that really shook me, battling the hissing voices in my head whispering those ugly words-

“You’re not good enough”

 You’re body’s not fit enough”

“You’ve wasted your life.”

Doing all the cute little self-love activities helped take my mind off those voices but they didn’t entirely erase them. Maybe that’s the ugly truth about self-love. It’s not all butterflies & rainbows. Sometimes self-love is the ability to love yourself through the icky grime that rears its ugly head from time to time.

My shadow self was the mean girl I always avoided. She picked at every insecurity, kicked me when I was down, and made me feel like I was unworthy of self-love. She was a bully. She made me feel like giving up on myself was the only option. And that’s what bullies do- isolate & destroy. I had been bullied so much the past couple of years that I began to bully myself.

Everyone has their own shadows. You can’t outrun them. You can’t hide from them. But you also can’t hide within them. There’s only one way to handle shadows- you face them.

Instead of listening to the whispers and accepting them for fact, I asked myself questions.

“Why do I think I’m not good enough? Is it because I’m comparing myself to others who are more successful? Didn’t they have to start somewhere as well?”

“Why am I so hard on my body? Am I really not fit or am I holding myself to an impossible standard of beauty that society has forced upon me?”

“What defines a wasted life? Lack of money? Lack of status? Do those things really matter in the end?”

The answers to these questions were obvious. I learned how to challenge my inner mean girl and put that sheisty bitch in her place!

Now when I hear those whispers stirring, I turn on the spotlight and take a closer look. I guess that’s the thing with shadows- once you’re brave enough to shine a light on them, they disappear.

Blessed Be, happy witches!

xoxo

The Snow Orchid Witch